Outdoor Play and Learning
We visit the outdoor areas at school daily, year-round. We ensure children are appropriately clothed for the weather and all children have a change of clothes left in the pre-school if needed. Learning to weigh up risks in nature is promoted as a learning benefit and an essential life-skill for example learning to climb a tree.
We are introducing exciting Forest School activities on Fridays and will spend the majority of the morning outside.
Outdoor programme activities:
- Forest school activities
- Tree climbing
- Bird watching and feeding
- Nature walks and exploration
- Messy play outdoors
- Science outdoors
- Art outdoors
- Imaginative/Fantasy play outdoors
- Learning about the weather and seasons
- Using elements from the natural environment in play
- Free-play outdoors
- Learning about animals and nature
- Exercise (running, jumping, skipping, hopping), balance, ball skills and hand-eye co-ordination
- Enclosed all-weather surface
- Large fenced garden area with grass and trees
- Picnic benches
- Vegetable patch
- Circular garden with tree stump seats
- Climbing frame
- Sand and water play
What to bring for the outdoors
Clothing: Old pair of wellies, raincoat/windbreaker & hat (to be left in the pre-school for daily use). In summer months children should leave sun hats in the pre-school and apply sun cream before coming to school.
Change of clothes: A full change of clothes and socks in a small plastic packet or bag to be left in the pre-school.
Recycled materials: From time to time we request items for recycling art projects.